Do you know someone who likes to say, “that’s just how I am”? Do you say that (or think that) about yourself?
Change is possible. Even if you’ve done something a certain way most of your life. Change. Is. Possible. It may be difficult, but it’s possible. It may take time, but it’s possible. It may even hurt (physically and emotionally), but it’s possible.
I know. I’ve done it. I’m doing it now. It has taken me years to change some things in my life, how I act and even how I think. I used to tell myself things like “that’s just how I’m wired,” “that’s just how I was raised,” and “I can’t help how I feel.”
Think about your habits. You like things a certain way because that’s how your mom likes them. You think a certain way because you remember something your dad always said. You avoid certain situations because they remind you of school days you don’t want to revisit. You feel a certain way because it’s how you’ve always felt, and that’s just how it’s always going to be.
Can you relate to any of these?
My ultimate shouldn’t say it or think it phrase is “That’s the story of my life!”
Do you know that one?
Feeling left out again. Well, that’s the story of my life. Things aren’t going right. Story of my life!
I caught myself saying it yesterday. I knew better, but I got emotional. I chose to say it anyway. I regretted it after saying it because I know that continuing to say something like that doesn’t change anything. If anything, it only brings on more.
I’ve changed though. I may not have stopped myself from saying that ugly phrase, but I’ve learned from it. I realized what I did. I know that situation isn’t “the story of my life.” I know I don’t have to feel that way or think that way anymore.
I’ve changed. I have put in the effort to not allow myself to continue doing certain things or thinking certain things. They may pop up from time to time, but that doesn’t mean I have failed.
Change is possible. You just have to start and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you stumble, get back up. No excuses. No doubting. Just keep going.
The key to change is repetition. The more you keep at it the easier it becomes.
Whether it’s working out more, spending less, or changing negative thoughts to positive ones…change is possible.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
Change your thoughts!
Change your habits!
Change your life!